Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The End of The Genius Project

It is finally the end of the Genius Project. I am so happy to see how far I've gone and how much I learned throughout these few months. I accomplished to learn new ways to control anxiety and depression and I am soon going to teach it to all of my classmates. I appreciate this project so much because it helped me become more independent. This project has truly changed a big part of me and even helped me through the most unbelievable things. 

This project made me learn so much about myself. I was able to realize my passion towards therapy. Before starting this project, the though ran across my head and I thought it would be a great thing to do in the future, but I didn't put much attention towards it because I wasn't certain. This project helped me realize that I had a big passion for helping people with anxiety and depression and for this reason I want to become a therapist in the future. 


Something that became very frustrating to me was the fact that we had to constantly keep up with a plan that we created in the beginning of the project. It becomes difficult to keep up with after a certain period of time because this isn't the only project we work on for school and somethings take longer than others. I hate to fall behind so I constantly challenge myself to keep up. 

One thing I wish I had done differently is to start my final product from the very start. The thing about my final project is that I was originally was choosing to do just a presentation, but had to add something else because I wasn't informed that it didn't count as a final product. If I had started my final presentation from the beginning, I probably wouldn't have been so stressed out at the end. I know I said things went very smoothly, but the thing about this is, I had everything under control and then I reached the end of the year and all my final project started piling up and stressing me out completely. 

Some advice that I have for next years sophomores is get their final product started at the beginning, stay on track with all the steps so you won't be having to do it last minute, and choose a topic that you are actually interested because this project is the longest one of them all this year and the topic is something you are going to be frequently talking about, and you don't want to be doing something that is boring. 

Monday, May 9, 2016

Almost Done!

It is currently the beginning of May and I am finally done with my research, after so long. Before I get into any other details I wanted to share a quick fact with you about things I have learned from my research. So as many might believe, One way to get rid of bad or disturbing thoughts is to snap a rubber band on your wrist every time you have the thought. Yes, it is kind of crazy that anyone could even think that would work but, while this was once popular as a behavioral intervention, more recent studies have shown that suppressing your thoughts makes them stronger and more frequent.

I have just recently decided that I want to create a website in which people can go to find methods of controlling or overcoming anxiety and depression. My friend Sarah was talking to me about her own personal website and I thought it would be a great idea for me. I don't want to create just a presentation. I want something that can stay out there as a resource for people who deal with these issues, even after this project is over. So, at this point of my project I'm working on my web page and afterwards I will move into my presentation.

Like I mentioned before, I have my webpage left and then the presentation. Adding the web page is a a lot of pressure being added on to me, but I know that if I work hard on it I will get it done in time. I don't want to slack of with this portion of the project because I added the webpage idea last minute. I don't have much time to be pushing this work behind, especially since I have only this month to do it. I am determined to put all my effort into it so I don't fall off track. 

As for myself, I am feeling a bit nervous about my project at this point, only because I have added something big to it, but I am trying to keep positive thoughts. I really don't know how much time this webpage will take but im hoping that it won't take up to much time. I don't want my time for the presentation to be taken up completely. I am very scared to see the outcomes of things but that won't decrease my motivation. I want to continue giving this project my all until I have reached my goal. 
For the project, yes, I have had to adjust my plan at this point. I added a webpage to the project and I don't exactly know how long it will take, but I am hoping it doesn't take up to much time because I am still planning on doing a presentation and from my guesses it will take a while. I am very nervous to see how things go but hopefully I will finish off this project great. I have one more month to go so wish me the best of luck!

I'm Almost There!

Hey guys!
So, I know it's been a while since I last spoke about my project and what was going on, but I'm here to fill you in on more today. For the project I am still on the research. I know it seems like I've been doing this forever, but I mean testing ideas doesn't take just one day, especially for what I'm looking for. It has been going great for me and I haven't had to change my ideas one bit. I doubted that I'd be able to make it at least half way though without having to go back and get a new idea, but luckily for me I haven't had to and I don't believe I'll have to any time soon. A new thing that I learned throughout my research was that anxiety is the most common mental illness in the United States. 40 million Americans aged 18 years and above experience anxiety. This corresponds to as much as 18% of the country’s population. The chart below is more specified and shows the rates of depression/anxiety on different genders, race, and age

For my project I need a few more things to do. I need the research, which will be over in just a few days and then I will move into my final product, which by the way is a google presentation and a web page which I just recently chose to do. I don't think that this is a lot to do especially since I've done most of the work already which is basically just the research. I am so close to finishing and I am so excited to be done and then be out for summer vacation.

My project hasn't really stressed me out much lately. It's been very easy especially because I have most of the work done and what I am currently working on is homework for me. I think that it has been great working on this project because, unlike other projects that are more related to school work, this one makes me feel more relaxed. I believe it easier to work on something that you like and have interest in as compared to something that is very dull to you. 

I have not needed to adjust my plan so far. It has been great for me and I haven't needed to slow down thankfully. The only part that worries me is the final product, a google presentation. I feel like it's going to take longer than expected. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

So Close Yet So Far

Hey it's me again!
The last time I was here I told you guys all about how I was doing on my project. I also talked about what I'd be working on next and how nerve wrecking that was going to be. Well just to inform you, I've started moving into the next step already. Let me just tell you, It isn't as bad as I thought it would be, but I also can't say much about it, since I just started not so long ago. The research I made didn't turn out as bad as I thought it would. I honestly pictured myself struggling to keep things together and on track because I assumed the ideas weren't going to work, but luckily for me the idea I am currently testing seems to work well for me and my partner. The only thing left to do is see if it has long lasting effects, which is something I'm highly aiming for with these studies. Before I move into everything else I want to let you guys know that the idea i'm currently testing out is meditation. I can't give you any other information for now but I just wanted to let you guys know what exactly i'm speaking of.

For my project all I really have to do is finish testing these ideas out with my partner, who by the way happens to be my older sister who also deals with anxiety. After I have that done then I can move into creating my Google presentation and then I'll be completely done with my project. I know it might seem like a lot at this point since I'm being kind of wordy with the explanation, but believe me it really isn't. I just have to take things smoothly for now.

As for how I'm feeling with my project currently, I don't exactly know how to explain it but even though everything is going great, I still am not as satisfied as I hoped I would be. It's actually really funny because I don't know what it is that is bothering me a bit, but something just doesn't feel right at the moment. I hope than soon my opinions will change and I will be feeling a little better about the work that I've done so far,
Overall I am just thankful that I haven't had to change my plan for the project. I want to keep up with what I first planned on doing and I've been doing a great job of that but it's mostly just based on luck. I say this because my plan would've had to change if lets say one of the ideas didn't work well for me or my sister. Then I'd have to go back and look for a new idea that will work. I can agree, I've only tried one out of the few that I picked out but I can definitely say I'm thankful that so far the first one seems to work well.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

My Recents

For my Genius project, I have completed my research portion. I am hoping that the information that I have collected will be very effective towards controlling anxiety and stopping depression. I am not going to lie, it was very difficult finding different ideas to try out. This is because most people choose to try out different methods of meditation or others simply sink themselves in on just medications, which by the way was something I highly wanted to avoid.

My main goal was to find different ideas, all in which they completely help control anxiety and depression and hopefully the information I have taken out of of my research does just that.

Although I have finished the most important part of my project, that being the research, I still have much to do until I can officially say I'm done. The second most important part to this process is to try each idea out and figure out which ones give the best results. As I did mention before, I won't be doing this alone. I plan on having a partner, one who also deals with anxiety or depression as well. I haven't chosen the person who will take that position yet, but I'm really hoping they can keep up with me. This project is very timed based so it is extremely important to not fall back, especially during this part of the project. Now, I originally thought this would be the best idea because I'd be able to know whether the results depended on the person or whether the results go for just anyone who tries it. The general point in trying each idea out is to see whether they are worth trying and whether they have long-lasting effects on the individual.

At this point of my project I am kind of stressing out as well as fearful. This is because, like I mentioned before, the project is very timed based, mostly on myself specifically. My project is relying on the information that I collect after trying all the ideas out that I picked from my research. If one of the ideas doesn't seem to function well enough for me or my partner, chances are I will have to go back and search for more. This isn't exactly the best point to be going back and fourth since the project is only about two months away from being due. I am hopeful that everything will go as planned and there will be no need for set backs.

As for my original plan, no I have not needed to adjust it. I have tried my best to stay with my original plan so I can finish everything on time. One thing is for sure, if I have set backs during the testing period of my project that will change my plan quite a bit. Even though there is a major importance on time with one specific step, the rest of the project is very simple and easy. If all goes as planned with the testing, I will only have my final product left, that is a google presentation on the information and results I collected. Overall it hasn't needed any adjustments so far and I hope to not need them at anytime as well.

Monday, March 7, 2016

The Continuation

It is currently March 7, 2016. I am still working on researching ideas for my Genius Project and let me just tell you, it is no easy task. There seems to be plenty of ideas out there, but from reviews most of them haven't worked for people who deal with these issues and many suggest medications. My main concern is that I wont be able to find something that will help anxiety or depression as well as be able to have long lasting effects on the person. As a person who deals with anxiety and has dealt with depression in the past I can say that it is very stressful to try new ideas out, have them function great for a certain period of time, and then fail to help after a while. This is the type of situation I want to avoid with my audience, which is why I am being so cautious as to what information and ideas I pick out. Overall this project has made me stress quite a bit, but for the most part it nothing I can't handle.

Starting from the beginning of the project I was very determined to find resources to help people who deal with anxiety and depression. I feel as though nothing has really changed since the start. This is because, as I explained before, it is something I have dealt with from a young age until now. It isn't easy for me to deal with this on a day-to-day basis, so I have set my goal to help other people with these issues. I won't stop until I reach my goal and that determination isn't changing for anything.

For my Genius Project I have so far managed to research a few ideas. As I mentioned before, this isn't exactly an easy task because a lot of these ideas have bad reviews and honestly who would ever want to stick to something useless like that when you could be focusing on other ones that will actually help you. In general, I have a couple of ideas down and the research is still in continuation. The plan that I have create for this project is very times based, which is why I am trying my best to stay on track. I am hopeful that my plan continues to work out and that I will be prepared with the right resources for my audience.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Research!

For my Genius project I will be studying ways in which someone, most commonly students like myself, can overcome depression and control their anxiety. It is nothing new that us students deal with anxiety or depression due to the extreme amounts of pressure that are put on us during school or even outside of school. This doesn't just go for teens but also adults and this is because they deal with pressure due to everything they have to manage like work, kids, etc. etc.

For this I will dedicate most of my time to researching ways in which other people out there in the world have managed to control these issues. I will also dedicate a few weeks of my time to trying each idea out to see which one gives the best results. I will then collect this data and demonstrate it in my presentation to show my audience the best options for them, and hope that they use them to better themselves.

My Public Pitch was a challenge, at first. I had recorded myself about 10 times before I could satisfy myself with the right video. I wanted to make sure I was giving enough information out for everyone to fully understand the background to my idea but at the same time I had to do all of this under a minute. It was frustrating, but as I always have I put hard work into everything I do. If you'd like to see the video for yourself the link is right below.

As I had explained before, my plan is to research methods of overcoming depression and controlling anxiety. A challenge I see myself confronting is finding someone who deals with anxiety and is willing to try these ideas out with me, as well as be consistent with the experiment. Although I already have someone in mind, I'd like to have more than one person, just to see if the results are continuous or if there is patterns, but as always a challange is a challange and it will only take your life over if you let it. The last thing I want to do is provide false information and give my audience useless resources. As I had stated from the beginning of this project I won't let my audience down. I will try my best to figure out how to help myself as well as other people out there find the path to a more peaceful lifestyle.